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Suggestions for Channel-side towns in Belgium/Netherlands

Jun 17th, 2019, 03:27 PM
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Suggestions for Channel-side towns in Belgium/Netherlands

Hi, we are planning a trip to the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and maybe Belgium, and want to spend a few days on the channel in a relaxing setting, possibly in two different spots. We will be traveling by train, either early fall or next spring -- can you give two lazy adult some suggestions?
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Jun 17th, 2019, 04:13 PM
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Just to be (a bit) pedantic -- you are seeking towns on the North Sea, not the English Channel.
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Jun 17th, 2019, 05:58 PM
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Are you looking for seaside resorts? Then you could look at Zandvoort, Scheveningen (both NL) and maybe Knokke-Heist in Belgium, which is actually just across the border from NL. Actually the whole Belgian coast there is beaches, but Knokke is probably the most sophisticated of all of them (De Panne, De Haan are family beaches). If I remember correctly Knokke has a casino, and nearby is Het Zwin, a natural habitat for birds and wildlife, which is just on the border.

They aren't exactly unspoilt beauty - in particular the Belgian coast has rows of modern buildings along the seafront. It's been a long time since I was in Zandvoort or Scheveningen so I will leave it for someone else to comment there.

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Jun 17th, 2019, 10:24 PM
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In the Netherlands: The Hague (not tacky Scheveningen). and In Zeeland a city like Domburg or Burgh - Haamstede. In the province of North Holland Egmond aan Zee and Bergen aan Zee. Schoorl is also nice.
In the province of South Holland: Noordwijk aan Zee.
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Jun 17th, 2019, 10:30 PM
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I knew there would be better options in NL! What about one of the islands like Texel, or is that too hard to get to by public transport?

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Jun 17th, 2019, 10:54 PM
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Texel is easy by train and ferry. There was an article about Texel in the NY Times recently.
There are lovely North Sea resorts in North Holland as well.
Zeeland has lots of nice places.
The Belgian coast is lovely if you can ignore the contious high rise blocks of flats along most of it.

AH here is the NYTimes article. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/t...gtype=Homepage
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Jun 17th, 2019, 10:56 PM
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Don't expect great weather in spring or autumn. You may get it but you may get a good old storm blowing in, or just days of rain. In autumn the water should still be warm enough to dip a toe in, in spring it will still be icy cold.
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Jun 18th, 2019, 12:40 AM
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I might even look at river/waterways in NL. No need to actually be on the North Sea to find a nice beach.
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Jun 19th, 2019, 09:59 AM
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I might even look at river/waterways in NL. No need to actually be on the North Sea to find a nice beach.
It's not the same.
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